ABC Bible Character Faith Series

A God of His Promise

Lessons from Isaac.

Isaac was the promised son to Abraham and from Abraham’s Faith experience, we learn that Isaac had been brought up believing and having total dependence on God. We see this when he journeyed with his father, Abraham to Mt. Moriah where he was to be sacrificed. Isaac asked his dad, “Where’s the lamb?” and his dad responded, “The Lord will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering”.

Upon reaching the mountain, Abraham built the altar and bound his son Isaac ready to make the sacrifice to God. When he held his knife up, the angel of the Lord commanded Abraham not to lay his hand on Isaac and when he looked by the thickets, there was a ram caught by its horn. The Lord indeed provided for Himself the lamb.

Isaac later had another faith encounter with God, found in Genesis 26. At this point, he was married to Rebekah and he had two children, Jacob and Esau who were grown up as well. There was a famine in the land where he was and the Lord commanded him not to go down to Egypt and the Lord showed him where to settle. He settled in Gerar among the Philistines. While in Gerar, Isaac was fearful when asked about his wife. He told the Philistine men that Rebekah was his sister. This was a sign of distrust in God. Did Isaac think God would only protect him and not his wife?

If God engage to be with us, and we are where he would have us to be, nothing but our own unbelief and distrust can prevent our comfort”–MHBC 27.2. After a long time, Abimelech, King of the Philistine found out that actually, Rebekah was Isaac’s wife. It wasn’t the first time this was happening, Abraham lied and said Sarah was his sister and yet she was his wife. He did this to “protect” his life.  A lesson here is that the sin of those of us who profess the name of the Lord only shames us before those who aren’t even religious. It isn’t worth it.

Nevertheless, we read about the blessings Isaac received for his obedience to God. Though living in a foreign land, he was prosperous. He had flocks, herds, and many servants and the Philistines envied him. So, Abimelech told him, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.” –Gen 26:16. He was later displaced twice by the inhabitants where he had settled because they quarrelled for the wells that he had dug. Isaac finally dug a well that wasn’t quarrelled for and he declared, “For now, the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”–Gen 26:22.

Isaac’s life presents us with some lessons;

  • God will always fulfil His promise to you. God blesses even tenants on other people’s land, or foreigners as long as they are faithful and hardworking in their duties. God might bless you so much that people around you will envy you however, you’ll need wisdom like Isaac had to be able to know how to deal with such people.
  • If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all”, – Romans 12:18. Isaac experienced so much opposition when digging the wells. The philistines quarrelled for the wells but what I learn from Isaac is that He understood God’s promise. He knew that everything on earth belonged to God and God had promised him all the lands. Therefore, there was no need for him to hold on to a particular part of the land and quarrel with the natives. He instead choose peace and moved until he found a place they didn’t quarrel for. This not only shows us how God is faithful even when men are unfaithful but also that “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him”–Proverbs 16:7.
  • The King’s and people’s hearts are in the hand of the Lord. He can turn them in our favour if we fear and honour Him. I’m not saying we shouldn’t stand our ground when we see injustice. Rather, we should move in faith with the wisdom that God has given us through His word. Abimelech confessed to Isaac saying, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you….”–Gen 26:28. Abimelech made a peace oath between him and Isaac. Isaac wasn’t mad because of all that had been done to him but he reconciled with the King and his subjects and made a feast for them.

There are many lessons we can learn from Isaac throughout the Bible, but I found this specific faith encounter with God interesting. Because of his faith, he obeyed and he was blessed. Brethren, there are blessings for obedience to God. Also on our faith journey, we need to understand God’s promises to us. Read the word and meditate on it. Understand the promises God is making to you so that you will leave a selfless life. Many of us are selfish because we feel resources are going to run out and we will lack or, be left with little but if you understand that the God you serve, the King of the universe owns it all, you will not hold back on your time to serve, your resources, wisdom, knowledge etc. You will give because you know your source never runs dry. May you be blessed as you apply this week’s lesson in your daily life.

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